I made it!
After a misstep on the fourth day I managed to post one post every day, completing the rest of the streak! This post is scheduled to go out around the time my plane takes off.
I’d insert a Frozen gif here if I could find a good one, but I don’t like any of the ones I found and besides, copyright is an issue. So instead:
IMO2007.C6. In a mathematical competition some competitors are friends. Friendship is always mutual. Call a group of competitors a clique if each two of them are friends. (In particular, any group of fewer than two competitiors is a clique.) The number of members of a clique is called its size.
Given that, in this competition, the largest size of a clique is even, prove that the competitors can be arranged into two rooms such that the largest size of a clique contained in one room is the same as the largest size of a clique contained in the other room.Author: Vasily Astakhov, Russia
If you remember where I first posted this to break a combo, you have an excellent memory and/or spend too much time stalking me. If you remember the context under which I posted this to break a combo, you have a better memory than I do.
Was my streak a success? On the bright side, I definitely generated lots of posts, many of which were radical departures from my old blogging habits:
- card game documentation,
- weird short stories and sequels to weird short stories,
- an essay (liberally defined) with two parts,
- an essay with two parts and a half,
- another bar graph that is actually documented,
- a ridiculous literate Haskell post,
- numerous facetious Paintbrush dragons,
- a post about a post on a side blog,
- and, of course, metric zarktons of shameless filler.
I also had lots of fun conversations about my posts, such as:
?: wait giving the dragon un-poisoned water isn’t really SLAYING the dragon though is it
?: i don’t actually know
what detective conan’s premise actually is
?: you have 87% more followers than me
that’s not how nuclear anything works
me: a zombie would want you to think that, right?
so e can eat your braaaaiins
?: e?me: gender-neutral pronoun
?: also just in general your style of procrastination as advertised is awesome
which is not to say it’s necessarily optimal
but it sounds awesome :P
?: why the fuck am I playing this game
On the dark side, most of these conversations were with the same few people, so this blog still might be kind of an echo chamber. I don’t know how to nurture an audience. Although to counter that again, it’s not clear to me that I want a larger audience that much; communities can require lots of attention and moderation if they get really big, and I wouldn’t want to force my weird niche blog posts on anybody who isn’t interested in them anyway (which is probably most people — I’m weird, I know).
And worse, I don’t think the number of drafts stuck in my blogging folder has actually gone down! I did clear out quite a few drafts at first, but towards the end I was mostly writing brand new posts each day. I think Bilingualism II was the last post that contained any significant amount of text I wrote before committing to this streak; it was posted a solid two and a half weeks ago. I’m not sure what to make of this; perhaps next time, my commitment device needs to refer to specific drafts I need to finish.
Is this streak going to continue after I come back from my trip? I’m pretty sure it won’t, because it’s been really time-consuming. I spent too much of my free time, and even significant amounts of my time that should have been dedicated to other purposes, thinking up topics I could blog about. It wasn’t necessarily an unproductive or unenjoyable way to spend time, but I need to get my priorities straight and mathematics (read: linear algebra homework aaaaaaaa) comes first.
Still, I feel like a renewed blogger after this and I’ll probably keep posting irregularly. Life goes on. I hope this competition and my presentation goes well and that the internet in China will be endurable.